INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. –Mark your calendars! A total solar eclipse will be taking place on Aug. 21, 2017. A solar eclipse is when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth. In the case of next year’s total solar eclipse, the Moon will fully block the Sun and the sky will darken from Oregon to South Carolina. The places along the line in the image below will be along the path of totality. Everyone else should be able to see a partial eclipse, weather permitting, of course.
The U.S. often sees a partial eclipse, where the Sun looks like it’s had a bite taken out of it. The last total solar eclipse on the U.S. was on Feb. 26, 1979.
The area of longest duration will be near Carbondale, Ill. According to NASA, the partial eclipse will begin at 12:52 p.m. EDT with the total eclipse beginning at 2:20 p.m. EDT and ending around 2:23 p.m. EDT.
IMPORTANT: Do NOT look directly at the solar eclipse! You can damage your eyes. You need to wear proper solar filters, eclipse glasses or watch shadows cast by trees. –Danielle Dozier